Westerdam's cabin apportionment reflects the industry-wide trend toward more verandahs, especially at lower price points. Deluxe Verandah Outsides are the smallest category of balcony cabins, measuring 200 square feet with 54-square-foot balconies (sufficiently large for comfortable mesh-and-metal chairs and a small teak pedestal table). Superior Verandah Suites measure 298 square feet (with 100-square-foot balconies) and feature dressing rooms, sofa beds, full-size whirlpool baths with additional shower stalls and dual-sink vanities.
All staterooms have "Eurotop" mattresses, high-thread-count Egyptian cotton bed linens, bathrobes, premium massaging showerheads, magnifying lighted makeup mirrors, powerful hair dryers, direct-dial phones with voicemail, flat-screen televisions, mini-bars and safes. I love the fairly recent addition of DVD players to all cabins; movies can be borrowed from the onboard lending library in the Explorations Cafe.
Our cabin, a deluxe verandah stateroom, was cozy for two, but comfortable, too. There was plenty of storage space (particularly under the bed), a loveseat (we seemed to use that more for storage than to sit on) and a vanity/desk. The bed was supremely comfortable. The bathroom had a tub/shower combination. The only downside was our location; try to avoid Deck 5 as verandahs there look out onto the tops of the lifeboats. The sun's reflection on the roofs of the tenders can make this a hotspot.
In a nice -- and increasingly rare -- touch, on Westerdam (and its Vista-class siblings), all staterooms above inside categories have tubs with showers. At the suite levels, the tubs are whirlpools, and a separate shower stall is added, along with dual sinks.
The smallest cabins on the ship are standard insides at 170 square feet (though some measure 200); standard outsides come in at 185. Twenty-eight cabins are specially designated for passengers with disabilities.
For those wanting more space -- and services -- the ship offers larger suites. Deluxe Verandah Suites increase to 380 square feet (with 130-square-foot balconies), and the beds are kings rather than queens. The largest accommodations are the 1,000-square-foot Penthouse Verandah Suites (with 318-square-foot balconies). Verandahs are large enough to hold chaise lounges and dining-sized tables -- a real plus!
One nice amenity for suite passengers is the Neptune Lounge, a private room with comfortable seating areas, large flat-screen television, reading materials and a concierge, which serves various snacks (from light breakfast fare in the mornings to hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour). The concierge can book dinner reservations and shore tours, and handle purser's desk requests, as well.
AC can be controlled in room. Room was always clean and fresh. Adequate space for bed and sitting area. Patio was a plus especially when crossing the canal. Water was hot and had good water pressure. Outlets were in the bathroom and at the desk and at...continue
The ship is a bit dated. No electrical outlets in the bathroom, and not enough outlets in the cabin. The main entertainment space, Vista Lounge, has rows of bench seats that are generally comfortable, but they should be individual seats. Additionally, most of the seats...continue